Prayer at the Pole
The temperature was ideal outside as approximately 35 high school students and 25 middle school students exercised their right to meet and have student-led prayer at the poles on Wednesday, September 25.
Several Checotah Wildcats got up a little early to meet their classmates by 7:15 a.m. around the flagpoles to be a part of this Global Day of Student Prayer.
At two separate campuses these students gathered to pray for their school, their administration and for the country in a display of their First Amendment rights of Freedom of Speech.
Three local churches brought breakfast items for the early risers. First Free Will Baptist provided donuts, First Baptist provided sausage biscuits and First Assembly of God provided milk and juice.
See You at the Pole (SYATP) is an annual gathering of thousands of Christian students who choose to meet at their school's flagpole in front of their local schools for prayer before school starts. It takes place on the fourth Wednesday in September.
See You at the Pole began in 1990 as a grassroots movement when 10 students gathered to pray at their school because public schools could not sponsor prayer. These Christian students rallied together against hostility that was felt then and many students still feel today. Now years later, millions of students around the globe gather on their campuses to pray each year.
These events must be student-initiated, student-organized and student-led due to the United States Supreme Court declaring that school-sponsored prayers in public schools is unconstitutional. However, prayer organized by students themselves is not only allowed, but is also protected by free speech rights.